There have been a lot of different responses to the news that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell has been repealed. President Obama is planning to sign the bill this week. Supporters are touting it as a victory for civil rights. Before the Senate passed the repeal, critics continued to voice concerns, including the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Some have continued to voice those concerns — others, however, have taken those concerns one step too far. At what point does concern turn into hysterics, and when does it becoming insulting to our honorable men and women in uniform?
Gender neutrality is usually assigned to the province of leftist feminism. Most conservatives seem to assume that it is always a bad thing, and that women always abuse the concept to gain an advantage over men. But concerning at least one important issue, the reverse may be true. It may be time for men to insist upon a gender-neutral treatment of domestic violence.
An article by Jon Aerts in the Sacramento Bee asserts that feminists on the Left may be misrepresenting the facts about domestic assaults. “Men can be victimized in the same way women can,” he quotes Calvert County, Maryland state attorney Laura Martin as saying. “And it’s not just the violence. It’s about control, dominion, power.”
It’s that time of year again: Three Wise Men following a new star.
A shooting star, that is.
And like those ancient oracles, these men of honor know better than others what that star means. That’s why we should once again listen to The Wise Men, for what they have to say is unprecedented.
On November 8, a mystery missile lit the dusk skies off the coast of Los Angeles. After about 3 days of swearing that no one knew what it was, suddenly the Pentagon swore first that it wasn’t a threat, then that it was “just an airplane contrail,” and that anyone who said different had fallen for an “optical illusion.”
Women of the western world, take heart. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cares about us. Us! How do we know that? Well, because he says so.
He spoke Sunday at the third meeting of something called the Organization of the Islamic Conference in Tehran. There, he proclaimed feminism “a cry of protest of crushed women in a capitalist system.” This was part of a larger message decrying a lack of equal opportunity for women in education. We are, he declared, the “main victims of the ruling bullying policies.”
I shop at thrift stores. I’ve rediscovered them in the last few years because when you live on one salary (so one of you can be home with the kids) it’s not exactly a plush life. Thrift stores offer a great way to find very inexpensive things that you would otherwise have to pay big bucks for. Some of my most prized finds are a set of Christmas mugs and plates that were brand new in the box for $9.00, a 1950′s thermos (for my husband’s hunting trips) for .50, and beautiful 100% silk striped curtains for my girls’ room for a whopping $10. (They’re designer too!)
These days, you’re lucky if you have food on the table, let alone extra money for clothes.